Wishing you a Happy Christmas

Last Sunday St Marys was busy with expectant people.  The lights were dimmed and two soloists from the wonderful church choir started the Carols.  It is a ritual which never loses its excitement.  The Nine Lessons and Carols means that we are finally nearing Christmas itself.  I was so glad to be

Brexit Update

On Friday I attended St Mary’s Primary School in Horsham where I was deeply impressed by not only the questions but the topics covered –including Financial Inclusion, Gatwick and Autism.  As always when visiting schools I emphasised that parliament was about debate and persuasion and that where d

Confidence Vote in the Prime Minister

I was extremely disappointed to hear that colleagues have submitted letters requesting a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister as Leader of the Conservative Party.

Training for the Future

It is always particularly satisfying to see an endeavour that sounds great in theory really working out in practice.  In September I attended the Horsham Jobs and Skills fair where a record 42 employers were exhibiting:  applications were being invited and the emphasis was very much on apprentice

At work in Horsham

It was a particular pleasure last week to get out and about in Horsham for a busy weekend of constituency engagements.  MPs rightly focus time and energy in Parliament, especially on issues that produce fiercely differing views but for most Parliamentarians time spent with constituents engaged in

The EU Withdrawal Agreement

Honouring the result of the Referendum we will leave the EU on 29th March 2019.  We will re-assert UK sovereignty but are determined to maintain as much of the benefit of our economic links with the EU as possible.


Horsham Remembers

On Sunday I am sure I was not alone in feeling great pride in our town and communities. 

1918: 100 years on

I greatly enjoy meeting school groups in Westminster and was pleased to see Christ Hospital students on Monday. We paused at the Cenotaph – where the school band will be leading the Remembrance Day march past.

The Budget

The UK has the highest ever number of people in work.  Even compared to our neighbours the UK’s performance is stellar:  we have under half the rate of unemployment than France (where sadly 1 in 5 young people are out of work).

Beating Cancer

I greatly enjoyed attending the opening of the Bridge Leisure Centre at Broadbridge Heath on Friday.  It’s a fabulous facility which I am certain will be very well used by our growing population.  There is a host of evidence from Park runs to burgeoning sports teams that local people want the opp